Knicks rumors: New York Post report suggests team could land this veteran center

Kevon Looney, New York Knicks. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)
Kevon Looney, New York Knicks. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images) /

The New York Knicks will have more than a few questions to answer this offseason. One of the most pressing is what they’re going to do with center Mitchell Robinson.

With the Knicks continuing to lose games and conversations around the team getting further away from the present and more focused on the near future, Robinson’s uncertain fate with the team has been a major topic. The team could potentially look to explore other options this summer.

Is Kevon Looney a possible Mitchell Robinson replacement for the Knicks?

According to a recent report from Marc Berman (subscription required) of the New York Post, New York and Robinson are failing to progress in their contract extension discussions.

The center has been particularly vocal on social media as of late, with cryptic messages about his place in the offense, the team’s struggles, and criticism of his own game from Knicks fans.

It’s really a pivotal time in Robinson’s career. At the age of 23 (soon to be 24), he’s still years away from his prime and has plenty of time to grow into an even better NBA player.

The real question is just how much better he’ll be and how truly valuable his skillset is. While Robinson has turned into a nice player thus far in his four-year career, New York could be open to exploring other options, including some veteran centers.

One name that has come up is Kevon Looney of the Golden State Warriors. Looney’s been named as an attractive option for a variety of reasons including his durability, cost, and solid production.

The Warriors likely won’t bring Looney back during the offseason because they have a young center in James Wiseman who they’ll want to continue to develop. For the Knicks, they could be looking at Looney as someone who can provide some of the same production as Robinson but at a cheaper cost.

Looney, who recently turned 26, has a lot of basketball left and would certainly cost New York a sizeable piece of the team’s $10 million mid-level exception but would be one of the more cost-friendly options on the market.

Signing mid-level exceptions may not be the most enticing option for Knicks fans after the team signed a lot of “mid-level” veterans last offseason, which as we know hasn’t produced any winning on the court.

It’s going to be intriguing to see what New York decides to do with Robinson this summer but don’t be shocked if they elect to move on and take someone on a shorter, cheaper deal.